Resilient ecosystem service assessments for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)
Mak, C, James, P and Scholz, M 2012, Resilient ecosystem service assessments for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) , in: College of Science and Technology Research Showcase Day, 20th June 2012, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)
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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) have been shown to be the preferred solution in dealing with excess urban flooding compared with traditional drainage methods (Woods-Ballard et al, 2007). Aside from flood prevention and water purification, SuDS also have the potential to offer a variety of other ecosystem services such as climate regulation, recreation, and aesthetic. Traditional SuDS variables do not show the potential of these ecosystem services. Therefore, new techniques are required to examine ecosystem services generation potential of different SuDS systems. The aim is to develop a rapid ecosystem services assessment tool for SuDS. This tool will combine on-site measurements of traditional SuDS variables, along with biodiversity and cultural services variables. Biodiversity is an important variable to many ecosystem services (see Figure 7). The research area will be within the Greater Manchester region.
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